March 13, 2012
Are you thinking about reaching for your second or third sugar-sweetened beverage of the day? If so, you might want to think again.
One 12-ounce can of soda has as much sugar as two candy bars – or about nine teaspoons of sugar. And this added sugar can add up over time. In fact, drinking one soda a day can equal an extra 25 pounds of weight per year.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages & Obesity
While obesity is a complex problem, sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) – with their highly concentrated levels of sugar and “empty” calories – are contributing to our country’s rising obesity epidemic. Many of the SSB-related statistics speak for themselves:
This certainly doesn’t mean that we have to forego the occasional soda or other sugar-sweetened beverage. As the saying goes, everything in moderation. However, it is important that we address the contribution of SSBs to rising obesity rates and ensure we create environments that are conducive to healthy eating and drinking.
New Report on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
As part of its efforts to help address Colorado’s obesity epidemic, our partners at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) developed and just released the following report: Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSB): National Trends and Policies. This report provides an overview of evolving trends, laws, policies and educational efforts across the nation to inform and spur conversation among public health professionals, policymakers, CDPHE partners and Coloradans concerned with healthy eating and active living.
On the local level, the report highlights what local health departments, hospitals, schools and others within Colorado are doing to reduce consumption of SSBs.
I encourage you to read CDPHE’s report to gain a better understanding of the efforts underway – across the nation and within Colorado – to address this important issue.